Who can get vaccinated?
In December 2020, the FDA issued Emergency Use Authorizations to Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for emergency use of vaccines for the prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019. The Pfizer-BioNTech EUA covers individuals age 16 years and older; the Moderna EUA covers individuals 18 years and older. Other vaccines are under review at this time, but right now, there is a limited supply and distribution recommendations have been put in place.
As you might expect, our heroes on the front line - those who work in our hospitals that treat COVID-19 patients - will be the first to be innoculated. Simultaneously, the Macomb County Health Department will be administering the vaccine to our first responders, and other providers will be administering vaccines to residents and staff of Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.
According to CDC and MDHHS guidelines, the roll out of vaccines will follow these phases:
- Phase 1A includes paid and unpaid persons serving in health care settings who have direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials and are unable to work from home, as well as residents of long-term care facilities.
- Phase 1B includes frontline essential workers and individuals 75 years of age and older.
- Phase 1C includes other essential workers, persons 65 to 74 years of age, and individuals 16 to 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions.
- Phase 2 is a mass vaccination campaign for all persons age 16 years or older.
It is important to note that vaccination in one phase may not be complete before vaccination in another phase begins. Vaccination in these phases will likely overlap.
Please also note: This continues to be a fluid process, but the MDHHS hopes to have vaccines for the general public in 2021, possibly by late spring. Please be patient and stay tuned to this page for updates.
The ability to be vaccinated is based on eligibility guidelines established by the CDC and MDHHS.
The following people are currently eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19:
- Residents or individuals who work in Macomb County and are above the age of 60
- Emergency medical service providers, including medical first responders; those who work on a general floor, the emergency room, or an intensive care unit of a hospital
- Individuals who live or work in any of the following: skilled nursing homes; psychiatric hospitals; homes for the aged; adult foster care; assisted living; home health care.
- Medical workers with direct patient contact who conduct high-risk procedures such as dentists, endoscopy, dialysis, and mortuary workers.
- Medical workers that have direct patient contact, such as those who work in outpatient clinics, urgent cares, ambulatory cares, and home health care facilities.
- Workers with specialized skills critical to the functioning of healthcare systems, such as those who work in a hospital or public health laboratory, pharmacy, and medical waste handlers.
- Frontline essential workers or volunteers in critical infrastructure sectors, including but not limited to police officers and fire fighters; corrections officers, conservation officers; pre-K through high school teachers, child care workers, and support staff; workers in homeless shelters, congregate child care institutions and adult and child protective services; government employees that perform these functions.
Vaccinating as of March 1:
- Employees in the food processing and agricultural industries
New vaccination appointments open weekly on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and close when all available doses have been allocated.
To schedule an appointment, call: 586-463-8777
Or, use the online scheduling system to make an appointment, visit: www.macombgov.org/covidvaccine
Vaccination appointments are available Monday – Friday between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Vaccines are being administered at:
The Verkuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Township, MI 48036
For efficiency purposes, everyone is asked to bring a completed COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Form to their appointment.
Due to the limited eligibility for vaccination at this time, individuals will be REQUIRED to provide proof of occupation when they arrive at the vaccination site to verify they are a healthcare worker, i.e., employee badge or ID, professional license, or pay stub.
Additional information regarding the vaccine can be found here.
Important Note: Vaccines for the general public are not yet available. Unless you are an individual in one of the specific groups identified above, you cannot get vaccinated at this time. Please be patient and check back regularly for updated information.